Stabbed Derbyshire police dog sparks new law protecting service animals

A law giving protection to service dogs and horses has been given royal assent after a serving Derbyshire police dog was stabbed three times.

Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 4:09 pm
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 2:44 pm
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The new legislation means causing unnecessary suffering to a service animal is now an offence in England and Wales.

Last year a Derbyshire police dog was stabbed three times by a man when armed officers were sent to a disturbance in Riddings.

PD Axle needed surgery following the attack but has since returned to service.

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The man who "almost killed" him was jailed for six years and seven months for criminal damage and making threats to kill.